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NCAA Championship Game 2011: UConn Gets Butler In March Madness Final

Kentucky came out of halftime on a run but faltered late falling to UConn by a score of 56-55. The Huskies advance to Monday's NCAA Championship Game against Butler who defeated VCU earlier tonight. 

With Kentucky trailing by two with under 20 seconds on the clock, DeAndre Liggins missed a long three point attempt with the clock winding down. After being fouled to stop the clock, UConn's Shabazz Napier calmly sunk two free throws giving the Huskies a four point lead. Brandon Knight hit a three as time expired but it wasn't enough for the Wildcats. 

Kemba Walker led the way for UConn with 18 points and seven rebounds while playing some very stingy defense against Kentucky's Brandon Knight. Jeremy Lamb added 12 points while Alex Oriakhi added eight points and 10 rebounds. 

Knight led Kentucky with 17 points but was just 6-23 from the field including 3-11 from three-point range. Doron Lamb netted 13 points while Terrance Jones added 11 points and a game high 15 rebounds. The Wildcats lived and died with the three-point shot going 9-27 in the game. 

For more on this game, Kentucky fans should check out A Sea of Blue, and UConn fans should visit The UConn Blog.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.